Class R

Hello everyone! A very warm welcome from us ALL in Reception.

Here at Durrington Infants School we have three Reception Classes: Caterpillars, Dragonflies and Butterflies.

Our Reception Team plan together, to provide fun, rich, hands-on activities within a safe and stimulating, learning environment, one which promotes learning for every child in our care.

All our children are able to access quality resources and engage in a wide range of activities across the unit. These are carefully arranged in defined areas of learning, relevant to the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.

They will take part in whole class, small group and individual activities and will also have time to initiate their own learning through play.

We value the role that parents play in education and look forward to working in partnership with you. We look forward to teaching and supporting your child in their learning and their learning journey through our school.

The Reception Team.

“There are so many fun things to play with in this class” – Tahlia
“It’s my favourite place” – Sophie

Latest Curriculum Topics List

To see the planning for this year group, please look at ‘curriculum’ in the information pages of this site.

14 Oct 2019

Hello from Reception!


Just to say we can’t believe how quickly the first half term in school has absolutely flown by! The children are now well and truly settled into their new routines in school and have been working so hard!

They are really enjoying their new topic ‘People who help us!’ We have been discussing people in school and their roles and the children are getting really good at asking ‘relevant’ questions! We started by just deciding on what a question actually is. Now we have learned how to ask questions and they had their first practice on Mrs. Cook in the office and Mr. Jenkins who looks after all our computers and ICT work!

Both Mrs. Cook and Mr Jenkins kindly visited us in the classroom and the children learned about how much they help us in school. This week we are learning about ‘People who help us’ in the community and the Post man is on our list. We shall be learning about the ‘journey of a letter’ and the processes it has to go through after it has been posted. Next week, we plan to write our own letter home and will go and post these in our local post box! Hopefully, the letters will arrive on our doorsteps over the half term holiday!

We can’t wait for next half term, we have a visit from the Police and we have lots of questions for them! They might even let us sit in the van that they plan to bring with them!

We look forward to those of you that can make it, join us for our ‘Learning Together sessions starting straight after the half term break.

Here is some of the fun we have been having:


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17 Jun 2019

10 Tiny Caterpillars

Hello from Reception! Just to let you know, we have had 10 tiny Caterpillars arrive in the post and we are so excited. After learning about the journey of a letter in our topic last term - ‘People who help us’, and the visit from the Postman to tell us about his job, here we are in charge of our very own Caterpillars! They were so tiny and this week they have ‘doubled in size!’ We’ve been learning about doubles in school so we can see for ourselves how much they have grown. We shall be watching very carefully at what happens next, especially as we can see they have eaten nearly all the food they arrived with.

Our teachers say that next week, we will have to start collecting some leaves and flowers for them to eat and there might be some more changes ahead. We can’t wait for next week just to have a ‘sneaky peek’ inside their special house! We will keep you posted.

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01 Apr 2019

Farms and Weddings

Wow, what a wonderful finale to our topic. On Friday we had ‘The Scarecrow’s Wedding’ to celebrate our learning about ‘The Farm’

We have so enjoyed our topic this term and along with our amazing visit to ‘Plumpton College Farm’, this was a lovely story to end upon. Thank you to all parents, who have tirelessly supported us. The children looked fantastic in their Farm attire. We really appreciate the hard work you have put in for their costumes. Thank you all, so much!

We had Scarecrow’s, animals, wedding guest attire, farmers and even a policeman at the wedding celebration! The children and staff have all really enjoyed it. After the marriage of ‘Harry and Betty’,  we all settled down to have a ‘wedding breakfast’ and a ‘hoe-down’ in our barn! Yee-Hah! (The school hall!).

We wish you all a very happy Easter holiday and look forward to seeing you all next term.





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06 Mar 2019

Maths Day

Lots of children came into school with their maths hats on today, and there was also the opportunity to make another one in the classes.

Number and shape activities were available all day, inside and out, including tracing numbers, colouring numbers and shapes, adding up & taking away sums and lots of dice games.

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04 Mar 2019

Farms, Pancakes and Books

Welcome back to everyone and hope you enjoyed the half term holiday!

We have been working hard in Reception, continuing with our topic about the ‘Farm.’

This week will be very exciting because we have three important events! We have our World Book Day ‘Bedtime Challenge’ and the children are so excited about a special day reading lots of stories, discussing our favourite ones, and doing lots of activities related to these. We can’t wait to see how many books we can read for the competition!

We have chosen one to begin with called ‘Mr. Wolfe’s Pancakes!’ Of course this week, it will be Pancake day! Reception children will have the opportunity to make their very own Pancakes in the Discovery Room.

In the Maths Room we will be measuring all the ingredients needed and in the Literacy Room we shall be writing a list of the ingredients for pancakes and order a list of instructions in how to make them. We will let you know how well we do when we come to ‘toss’ them!

Outside in the water tray we will ‘fish out a picture’ of a character from the story and describe it to a friend without them seeing it. They have to guess who it is from the descriptions we give! We shall be making our very own story map and cut out the characters from the story and tell the story by putting them into a sequence of events along the way! We will ‘have a go’ at writing the names for the characters and all the other drawings we do to create the story. Some of us will attempt to write simple sentences about the events.

We have an exciting Maths day planned too! We shall be exploring maths resources and counting the holes in the Numicon plates. We will place them into buckets with the labels ‘most’/fewest, more and less! We are so excited about making number sentences using the ‘Number Ladder’ Game!

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